Drogheda Town vs 2003 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 26 Sep 15
Score: 4 - 2

Match Report

Trim Celtic Gunners made the long journey to Drogheda on a glorious Saturday morning to take on the home team in the 1st round of the SFAI Cup. However it was to be a fruitless journey as they came out the wrong side of the score line after an entertaining match. The Gunners needed to start well but unfortunately were 1-0 down after 5 minutes. Trim almost drew level in the 12th minute when Ciaran Caulfield had a shot go narrowly wide. Drogheda went 2-0 up in the 16th minute when a free kick from outside the box came back of the bar and fell to the Drogheda centre foward who made no mistake with the finish.Things could have got worse for Trim in the 20th minute but for a last minute tackle by Wes Gibbons which stopped a certain goal. However Trim's luck ran out when in the space of 2 minutes before half time Drogheda doubled their lead. Trim did have a chance almost on the stroke of half time to pull one back when a David Boyle pass found Aaron McCormack but his shot was well saved by the keeper. Trim only had their pride to play for in the 2nd half but duly responded following a few half time changes and positional moves. Kris Gorman moved to centre forward and was unlucky with a good shot in the 34th minute. Celtic did get a goal back in the 37th minute when Aaron McCormack cut in from the left to expertly finish to the back of the net. The away side were in control of the match now and scored a 2nd when a brilliant pass from James Molloy was latched onto by Ciaran Caulfield who cut in and finished at the near post. The same player had another chance 3 minutes later from a shot that just went over the bar. The Hoops owned the ball now and could have got a third on 50 minutes when Ciaran Caulfield went on a great run and crossed the ball across the box to Aaron McCormack but unfortunately his shot was well blocked. With time running out and only 2 minutes left on the clock Kris Gorman got through but was well blocked by the keeper. At the final whistle there was a sense of disappointment at losing, yet great pride in the 2nd half performance against a good Drogheda side who were very clinical in the 1st half. The feeling was that if we had got a 3rd goal we could have gone on to win the match but we have plenty to work with going forward. Next week we resume league duty with a trip to Virginia. Best for Trim Celtic were Wes Gibbons at the back, Joey Cole who had an air of authority about him when he moved back to central defence in the 2nd half, Ciaran Caulfield whose electrifying pace on the left wing was a constant threat and to the equally impressive Aaron Mc Cormack on the right wing who is improving week by week. Trim Celtic: James Bourke, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbins, Kian Oliver Subs: James Molloy (for Oliver), Blake Gibbons (for Josh Harris), Shaun Mulryan (for Harry Cottrell), Evan Kennedy (for Aaron McCormack)

Ground

St. Oliver's Community College
40 Rathmullan Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Drogheda Town

16 Boys Prem Green